Glavine expected in camp to do … whatever

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. —   Retired pitcher Tom Glavine will probably come to spring training around March 17 in his new capacity as a team official, manager Bobby Cox said Saturday.

Much like Glavine’s wide-ranging new job description with the Braves, his role in camp will be varied and basically unspecified, according to Cox.

“Hang out, talk to people, watch the games, get in a uni — Tommy can do whatever he wants,” Cox said, smiling.

Glavine recently accepted a position as special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz. The position will entail front-office work and broadcasting, but also on-field coaching or advising in spring training and the minor leagues.

Wagner back in camp

After being sent home with flu-like symptoms Friday, closer Billy Wagner was back in camp for Saturday’s workout on a chilly, damp afternoon.

The veteran closer asked for advice from former Braves pitcher Gene Garber during the workout, then chatted with him at length in the clubhouse afterward.

Garber is in camp as a special instructor, something the Braves do with a couple of retired players each spring. In his last full season with the Braves in 1986, Garber, at age 38, had 24 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 61 appearances….

Rain prevented the Braves from working out on the field Saturday, and they did their hitting and pitching in the covered batting cages adjacent to the field.

Workouts were moved from morning to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday so the Braves could get their annual physicals in the morning….

Center fielder Jordan Schafer returned to full drills after taking three days off from hitting to rest his surgically repaired left hand.

“It’s going to be a slow process for him,” Cox said of Schafer, who’s expected to start the season in Class AAA.

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February 27th, 2010
7:12 pm

Delbert D.

February 27th, 2010
7:21 pm

Maybe he’s there to convince Chipper to hang it up and move to the ranch full time.


February 27th, 2010
7:24 pm

Delbert D. – you’re an idiot.


February 27th, 2010
7:29 pm

D.D. you an T.B.B. play nice.


February 27th, 2010
7:31 pm

Yea Shawn where do we send the award?


February 27th, 2010
7:38 pm

Shut up Delbert D. Seriously


February 27th, 2010
8:00 pm

Excuse my outburst, but single digit IQ’s cause me to lose my moral compass.

Pete Rose

February 27th, 2010
9:22 pm

Tell Gene Garber that I have’nt forgotten him stopping my streak.
I’m bettin he hasnt either.


February 27th, 2010
9:38 pm

I was in 106, 2nd row the night Geno K’d Mr. Rose to stop his hits record. Pete said afterward Garber was pitching like it was the last inning of world series. Good old days because it was fun..

Man I’m getting old.
Welcome back Glavine.


February 27th, 2010
9:45 pm

Glavine. Do I know him?

Oh, wait, he’s a union goon, isn’t he.


February 27th, 2010
10:45 pm


February 27th, 2010
11:38 pm

some comments just go to prove, if you’ve been playing long enough, you’re “supposed fans” will turn on you. I wish people would give Chipper a break. I don’t remember him ever saying he wanted to be like Cal Ripken. What Cal did was astonishing and will never be reached…. ever. Do people not realize that Chipper play in 143 games last season? Pretty much equates to a day off every 9 days. Chipper has been the face of this franchise for so long that you think he would get the respect he rightfully deserves. I’ll say this, without Chipper, we’d have a pretty big hole in the 3 spot and at third base. Last year was a bad season for HIM, but for any other average major league player, pretty decent numbers. I do not have a doubt in my mind that he won’t rebound and have a monster season. I guarantee you he has put in the time end effort during the offseason and could possibly see a better season from him than the 2008 campaign.


February 28th, 2010
2:20 am

A little-known item about Garber’s stopping Pete Rose’s consecutive hitting streak…Rose had bet a bundle on ‘Geno’, so wasn’t a total loss.


February 28th, 2010
5:33 am

DOB, I haven’t heard any news about Melky Cabrera. How’s he looking?

Tokyo Bravo

February 28th, 2010
6:04 am

Would love to see Garber teach Moylan his changeup. Have the two ever chatted, DOB?


February 28th, 2010
7:42 am

Wow, Gene Garber. Haven’t heard that name in years. What a great opportunityfor the younger Braves, and the older ones as well, to pick the brains of some of our best.


February 28th, 2010
8:38 am

Oh boy, another “good old Tom Glavine” article. Glavine is a miserable human being, he acts like a spoiled brat kid because that is basically what he is. He never had to grow up because he spent his entire life playing a game and being catered to when he took one of his little tantrums by management who caved in and gave him more money. Last year was a prime example when the Braves had a good look at him in the spring and realized that he was finished as a ball player he tried to make everyone else look bad with his childish “I wasn’t treated like an hero, and worshiped as the greatest thing since sliced bread whine.” He wanted to blame his deterioration on evil management and lying team executives. He still won’t admit he is washed up and unable to pitch. The Braves should use him as a go-fer to fetch coffee and sweep offices. What talent has he ever shown to qualify as a manager or instructor, his arrogance or his I’m better than you attitude. You can tell that I am not a Glavine fan, I have had the misfortune of being around him in non baseball situations and he is a self centered egotist who never does anything for anyone else unless there is something in it for Tommy boy. Maybe he is a good husband and father that way he at least wouldn’t be a total jerk.

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2010
8:53 am

Mikemc, Melky’s looked fine so far, but of course all they’ve done is take batting practice and do a few other mundane baserunning and fielding drills. So it’s kind of difficult to separate guys at this point, particularly guys whose strength isn’t hitting for power. The other stuff doesn’t show up much in early spring workouts, hitting off pitchers who are ahead of hitters and hitting off coaches throwing BP.

Hinske did say Melky’s arm is as good as Francoeur’s, and Bobby replied, “absolutely” when told what the veteran utility man had said.

Reason Melky’s not been quoted much is, he doesn’t speak much English and there aren’t translators handy for the Latin guys like there are for the two Japanese pitchers, who each have their own interpreter.

Melky did a brief interview a couple of days ago with a few of us, including TV guys, since they never had a press conference for him after the trade.

Here’s what I was able to get out of it (to his credit, the guy did the interview in English for the cameras; he tried).

His role will be to play at all three positions, if Heyward is in RF. Melky knows that, has no problem with it, just wants to play a lot regardless of which OF position.
What I could use in direct quotes:

“I’m happy for the opportunity. The manager is good, the players – I’m very happy.”

On his role: “I like to play every day. I don’t know, I may play left, right, center – I like the opportunity.”

And on what he brings to the team: “I play every day to win. I work hard.”

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2010
8:57 am

You can tell that I am not a Glavine fan — Jackie

No, really?

You should talk to people at the Georgia Transplant Foundation if you really believe Glavine hasn’t helped a lot of people.


February 28th, 2010
9:01 am

Thanks DOB for Melky up date…would like to read
more about him and other new players. Thanks again.


February 28th, 2010
9:14 am

Didn’t say Glavine hadn’t helped, just said that he does nothing unless he gets something, be it money, or publicity to stroke his ego.


February 28th, 2010
9:25 am

GLAVINE, great.

Conyers Braves Fan

February 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

It must be nice to have a job like Glavine……Bobby Cox says he can do whatever he wants to do. I bet there are not many who have a job like that unless they are self employed or are in politics . Has Glavine`s salary been published?


February 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

I’ve always heard that “flu-like symptoms” during spring training is almost always a hangover.

Conyers Braves Fan

February 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

In reference to Bill`s blog about Pete Rose. I read Rose`s comments too. He was pouting like a kid and
implied that Garber should have served him a batting practice pitch to keep his Rose) hitting streak going. Garber was a tough pitcher and I`m glad he was the one who ended the hitting streak.I wish we could always have a closer like Gene.


February 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

glad glavine’s back. been pulling for him since he came up in 86.


February 28th, 2010
4:41 pm

I am very glad that Tom Glavine will be in camp this spring. I wish the Braves would sign John Smoltz too later in the season if he is needed. I want Smoltz and Glavine as Atlanta Braves.


February 28th, 2010
4:42 pm

I hope the Braves sign some position players in the 2010 draft. They need a second baseman and third baseman especially, since there is no one in the minors who is a blue chip prospect at those positions.

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